Breeding Project

We are attempting to breed an improved winter laying chicken. Crosses of breeds bearing suitable traits are informing the next steps.


  • More winter eggs
  • A pea comb for frost bite prevention
  • A very good laying rate for crosses of dual-purpose breeds
  • Even temperament
  • Hardiness -- good cold weather survival rate
  • Moderate size for feed efficiency
  • Columbian pattern and/or blue if possible


Introduction of the pea-combed trait has been difficult. Many pea-combed breeds carry the unwanted Mahogany trait and the Lt Brahmas prove to be unambitious breeders.

Susan with  Blue Marans x Welsummer bred at Stonefield

Naturally raised lamb and resilient sheep from the Highlands of Northern New Mexico

© Bart Ellison 2015